El Nido Things to Do

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    Partly of excursion.....tour A

    by shavy Updated Feb 7, 2015

    The excursion takes a whole day, start from 9 am ends at 4.30 pm. Definitely worth to spend the whole day touring to small islands. Is an amazing place of Palawan! you'll have the ability to snorkel whole day.

    We have our snorkel gear with us, but you can get this also for free in the boat. But for hygiene reason better to bring your own. Tour A is one of the most scenic view and also very popular for everyone. The stops are all this: Visit two lagoons of Lagen Island, Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon. Also, you can snorkel around Simisu Island and enjoy the white sand on Entulala Island. It is worth a price!

    One of the beautiful view
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    The beach during island hopping of Tour A

    by shavy Updated Feb 7, 2015

    During the tour and island hopping everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding and explored the island. The beach in the areas are purely white sand, some beach looks pretty nice where palm trees are present.

    Here we can walk around for 20-25 minutes. Is not big after 10 minute we saw the whole area, but still, we'll have to wait till the time goes by, to get back the boat. Going to the beach side wasn't very easy, you'll have to do some swimming once you get off the boat. The boat can't go any further because of rocky surface, and the water is shallow, very careful and be sure you're wearing an aqua shoe. The rock is pretty sharp and walking barefoot it wasn't easy

    The beach
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    Secret Lagoon.........Tour A

    by shavy Updated Feb 7, 2015

    Going on island hopping, one must be in good fit. During this trip you'll have to do some swimming and crawling. Going to the lagoon we'll have to do some crawling into a small hole. The guide will be assisting you all the time and he'll taking care of all the cameras, for sure it won't falling it in the water

    Inside the lagoon is nothing special, but out of curiosity and part of the tour we'll need to go with the groups. A small pool of water surrounded by very high cliffs, the high cliff traps the air that is cooled by the water in the lagoon.

    Everyone must crawling go get inside the lagoon Inside the lagoon Small hole is the entrance to lagoon
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    Banca or Boat ...for island hopping

    by shavy Updated Feb 6, 2015

    These are boats for island hopping, El Nido is nothing much to do except of going to the water. If coming here and not going on the excursion, then better not to come all the way down here. To see the islands, the only way to get there is by this boats.

    This boat (bancas) are docked in El Nido town beach, here where all tours leaving in the morning. Imagine how busy the place from 9 am, everyone's going onboard on same time. There were always two of the local goes along with visitor to island hopping, a boatmen and a helper and can be also as guide.

    The boats aren't all in the same sized, it depends on tour operator. They'll looked how many bookings they have. This is just regular boat for island hopping, nothing fancy onboard, except a life vest, is one most important during boating which was a mandatory to wear for everyone onboard

    Going on board be sure to wear your swimsuit already. You'll have to walk through water, and some boats the depth of the water is up to half body, be careful with your camera or else ask one of the boat helper to carry for you

    Departure area for island hopping
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    Tour C

    by heydelin Written Apr 18, 2014

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    This is Tour C time and time to discover more rock formation and more amazing views in El Nido! Did you know that part of the movie “Bourne Legacy” was shot and filmed in the islands of Dilumacad and Matinloc?

    First stop is the Hidden Beach which is famous. Unfortunately, the waves were being wild and the current of the water looks strong. Most of the people on the tour stayed on the boat. Others went swimming and went back immediately as they almost drown. :(

    Dimalucad and Helicpter Island were our next destination. The island resembles to, guess what, a helicopter! We spent some 45 minutes there to sunbathe and swim.

    Another fantastic s spot in El Nido is where the guides prepare a sumptuous lunch by the beach – Star Beach. While you are discovering some cool corals and fishes, or sunbathing or swimming, the guides will grill seafood, steam rice and prepare some fresh fruits.

    After a tummy-filling lunch, we headed to Matinloc Shrine which is formerly known as Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc. This place used to be a seminary which closed due to environmental concerns. The seminary looks like a mansion that some rich family used to lived to. Wonder how they get to build that in a secluded island!

    Helicopter island Me at helicopter island Matinloc shrine Me and my boyfriend Anth at Star Island Matinloc shrine
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    Tour A

    by heydelin Written Mar 15, 2014

    Head to The Alternative Inn’s tour guide, Kuya Edward (kuya means big brother in tagalog) and ask if he still have seats for you on his daily island tours. He was going to do Tour A on that date and luckily there were available seats for us! The tour costs Php 1200 but I used my haggling tactics and paid Php 11o0/pax. This fee does not include the Php 200/pax environmental fee which expires for 10 days. Pay the environmental fee at the Tourism office and you are good to go!

    Our group on Tour A consist of 3 guides, 3 Chinese girls, a German girl and Iranian dude (a couple) and us – 10 people on the boat! The first destination was the Secret Lagoon which is located in a small island reminiscent of the movie “the Beach”. It is surrounded by limestone cliffs. You have to enter a small hole to witness a massive caldera used to be a cave which collapsed and now is surrounded by karst cliffs.

    Me and my boyfriend Anth Me and my boyfriend Anth Me and my boyfriend Anth Me and my boyfriend Anth El Nido
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    TOUR A

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 12, 2014

    How I wish I had the skill of a professional photographer so I could capture well the beauty of this place. No matter what, I just need to document everything that 'wowed' me here. Really amazing stones and cliffs!

    Rocks and corals would hurt your feet so for those who have not been here yet, don't forget to bring and wear your best aqua shoes to avoid going home with cuts. Also, a dry bag to keep your things will make you happy especially if your camera is not water proof.

    Here are the sites, costs P1,200/pax (as of January 2014)
    1) Small and Big lagoons
    2) Zimisu Beach
    3) Secret lagoon
    4) 7Commando Beach/Papaya beach

    Prices of Island hopping tour packages have gone up. A lot of visitors, including me got the surprise of our life when we booked our tours.

    the small and big lagoons Zimisu Island Big Lagoon the Secret lagoon 7 Commando/Papaya Beach
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    TOUR B

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 11, 2014

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    Actually, my first choice was to go Tour C, but because of the strong Siberian winds that brought big waves to El Nido seas, the guides advised me to switch to Tour B. I really thank them for informing me of lesser waves in this tour. And pardon me for not so adventurous at sea.

    The waves was really strong that it made me too scared and too difficult to take pictures as it kept the boats moving. The experience to me was like - - every time I set foot on the islands, it's paradise. But every time I'm back at the angry seas of El Nido, paradise lost!

    Here are the sites, costs 1, 300/pax (as of January 2014)
    1) Snorkeling site (forgot the name of the island)
    2) Snake Island
    3) Cudugnon cave
    4) Cathedral cave
    5) Pinagbuyutan Island

    Other Tour Packages available:
    TOUR C: Matinloc Shrine, Star Beach, Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Helicopter Island - P1,400/pax

    TOUR D: Natnat Beach, Bukal Beach, Paradise Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Pasandigan Beach - P1,200/pax

    *February 2014

    snorkeling site the snake island Cudugnon cave Cathedral cave Pinagbuyutan Island
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    Diving - Adventure Scuba

    by Judithdistal Written Jul 6, 2012

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    As a divers, you should do at least one or two days of diving in El Nido. There are many nice dive sites in El Nido. I especially loved the rock formations and caves and of course the turtles.

    On the way back, we saw some dolphins.

    I recommend:

    El Nido Adventure Scuba

    They offer also discovery dives for non-divers. SSI and PADI dive course for any level.

    Helicopter island Dolphins in El Nido discovery divers coming up
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    Adventure - Experience nature

    by Judithdistal Updated Jul 6, 2012

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    Island hopping tours are a must in El Nido! Do them all for there is several and they are all different from each other and really fantastic. The lunches are usually cooked over a charcoal fire on a deserted beach.
    Kayak Tours to the lagoons and beaches around Miniloc are many travellers favorite.
    For the fittest, i highly recommend you climb the cliff, towering El Nido town for a challenging hike and a breathtaking view. If you feel like trekking, wildlife watching (there is no monkey feeding in El Nido, thanks god) join a trekking tour by the El Nido Tour Guide Association (office at Artcafe). They offer Trekking trips to Cadlao island to an inland lagoon thru dense virgin forest or visit the hot spring and waterall on the mainland.
    For a relaxing day, have yourselves dropped off on a lonely beach. Bring your own lunch, there are no restaurants anywhere.

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    ISLAND HOPPING

    by davidjo Written Mar 25, 2012

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    For island hopping we have arranged at El Nido boutique and Art Cafe, run by Swiss Judith, who has been established here for 15 years. Her tours include 3 or 4 islands where you can snorkel and swim. The price includes an adequate lunch and her employees are friendly. We certainly enjoyed it, especially when a writer for one of the travel guides dived in and lost his shorts.

    ISLAND HOPPING
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  • Ultimate Island Hopping

    by gerum Written Aug 9, 2011

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    With over 45 beautiful islands surrounding this town, island hopping is the most popular and perhaps the most essential activity in El Nido.

    http://www.senyorlakwatsero.com/2010/08/21/el-nidos-island-hopping-tour-a/

    http://www.senyorlakwatsero.com/2010/08/23/el-nidos-island-hopping-tour-c/

    http://www.senyorlakwatsero.com/2010/08/28/the-snake-island-and-more-from-el-nidos-tour-b/

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    Island Hopping

    by Jimbo222 Written Nov 17, 2010

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    you can find mostly on the comments of other people regarding the 4 tours you can get.
    Tour A, Tour B, Tour C and Tour D. Their main recommendations is Tour A and Tour C. This is what we took and it involved lagoons, beaches, and snorkeling.

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    island hopping

    by ayn_g Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    go on island hopping for only PHP 500. We took the tour A that the El Nido tourism association offers. The Tour, which starts at 9am and ends at 4pm, took us to the small and big lagoon and the island of simisu, and the beaches of entalula and commando. The tour includes lunch which is barbequed chicken, grilled fish, veggie salad, loads of rice, and bananas for dessert. Truly worth it!!!!

    entalula beach on the way to the small lagoon big lagoon lunch on simisu island commando beach
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    Island Hopping

    by gerryexide Written May 15, 2010

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    When you are in El Nido, the only thing you need to do is to go on Island Hopping with snorkling,swimming,relaxing to those islands that the boat will visit. Basically, you need at least 4 days stay in El Nido to visit most of the beautiful slands/spots. www.elnidotourism.com.
    They have grouped the island hopping into A,B,C or customized on your own island hop. There are several boat operators you can visit with rates ranging from PhP 500-P900 per head depending on which tour group you will choose. Please clarify whether the lunch buffet is included as well as the mask/fins in the rates..It should be.. If your island hopp will be in Small/Big Lagoon, we recommend to take a kayak (~PhP 700/pax extra ) with the trip. Specially, if you have kids/teenagers. Usually, they separate the trip with kayaks and those who prefer just to snorkel.. Though, the boat will carry also drinks (separate to pay), its best you bring your own water. And if you can afford, bring a waterproof camera .(Canon D10 for us). This is important to document most of your pics in/out of water in a once in a lifetime shots..

    kayaking in small lagoon entering big lagoon corals hole going to secret beach matinloc islands on top of Matinloc shrine
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